“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.”

Ephesians 4:11-13

Rev. Erik Alsgaard

Pastor

Rev. Erik Alsgaard — please, just call him Erik, he said — has served The United Methodist Church since 1984. He was graduated from United Theological Seminary in 1986 out of the former Detroit Conference. Erik is a native of Midland, Michigan (home of Dow Chemical), and is a huge fan of all Detroit sports teams, especially the Detroit Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings. He is married to Sheila George, who serves as Director of Communications and Marketing for Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. They have two children and five grandsons. Sheila and Erik love to travel, especially to Italy. They’ve been to Canada several times because that’s where Sheila was born. They’ve also traveled to Germany, Belgium, England, Wales, the Netherlands, and South Africa.

Erik has served at every level of the church, from being a local church pastor, working at the Annual Conference level, to serving as Assistant General Secretary for Communications at the General Board of Church and Society in Washington. He’s attended every General Conference since 1992, eight in total, serving the church as a reporter/photographer for various Annual Conferences and organizations. Erik comes to Community UMC after serving eight years as Managing Editor/Social Media Editor for the Baltimore-Washington Conference. He’s also served churches in Michigan and Florida. While living in Florida, Erik learned how to drive the Monorail at Walt Disney World, which he did from 2007 to 2010.

Erik’s passion is learning about and sharing the story of the people called United Methodist, and how God has transformed their lives so that they, too, transform the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hilary Ann Golden

Director of Communications & Christian Formation

Hilary’s main responsibilities include equipping and developing leaders for the youth ministry, overseeing all aspects of the youth ministry programming, and managing communications for the church. Hilary is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Messiah College with BA in Christian Ministry & Cross Cultural Studies in 2006 and from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology with a Master of Divinity in 2012.

Hilary has served in pastoral leadership in the areas of worship, spiritual formation, youth ministry and missions. She is passionate about Haiti, progressive theology, spiritual practice, and social justice. She enjoys reading, coffee, camping, cooking, fountain pens, exploring new places, traveling, listening to music, Bob Dylan, campfires, and singing bad karaoke.

Junghoon (John) Park

Accompanist

Junghoon (John) Park plays the piano during services here at Community, bringing hymns to life. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has participated in a variety of music festivals and competitions, such as the National Music Festival, Wonderlic Competition, Liszt-Garrison Competition, and International Keyboard Institute Festival. 

John has recently been awarded a Special Honors award from the 2016 Paderewski Competition in Hartford, CT, and has participated in the Premio Scriabin Competition in Grosseto, Italy and 2017 International Chopin Competition in Hartford, CT. He was also selected among the top 12 live performers in the New York Piano Festival and Competition in July 2017. John has been selected as the 2018 Rising Star for his stirring rendition of Earl Wild’s “Etude No. 4”, based on the George Gershwin standard “Embraceable You”.

Paul Doughty

Director of Contemporary Music

As Director of Contemporary Music, Paul selects music to help create a space that draws the congregation into worship. He also teams with the Band’s talented and inspired singers and instrumentalists to arrange and lead the music.

Paul grew up in Connecticut as the kid of a Baptist pastor and church organist, and graduated from Barrington College (outside of Providence) with a BA in Music. He first become excited about contemporary worship music while living in the UK, and led music at his parish church there for three years. He has worshipped at Ark and Dove Presbyterian in Odenton since 2001, where he led worship through involvement in the Band, Choir, and as Worship Elder. He has lived in the UK and Germany, gets a kick out of traveling abroad and encountering new cultures, speaking French and German, and cycling. He can’t imagine what life would be like if he weren’t doing music, and enjoys making music at home with his wife Laura and his daughters Caroline and Lydia.